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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This special holiday porter is made for winter - rich and warming, the way they like it at the North Pole. It was inspired by this famous line from a well-loved childrens storybook:

"And Santa sat on his great butt, enjoying a hardy brew..."

In case you find that amusing, the brewer hastens to point out that in England, "butt" refers to a certain sized barrel, in fact, holding 108 Imperial gallons. Back in the day it was quite a normal thing for a brewery to put its beer up in a large butt for storage. Still snickering, eh? Get your mind out of the gutter, or Santa will be skipping your house entirely this year.

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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours to a thick, rocky, light brown head atop a dark brown/black body with a red hue. No lacing. The aroma is chocolate covered cherries and grass hops. Sorta a spicy earth in it too. The flavor is a dry roasted malt with coffee and grasses. The palate is really watery. I like the dryness, but its really watery. Better than BMC, but thats only because its a better style.

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Ridgeway has some cute labels and names for their beer. Too bad they dont spend as much time making good beer as they do labels and names. This poured a decent dark brown with a moderate beige head. The aroma was faint notes of chocolate, coffee, cherry, fennel, and turpentine. Medium body with a thin, watery texture and more carbonation than I like in a porter. The flavor was bland and uninteresting. Santas Butt stinks.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
blankboy (7482) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown with an average size diminishing light-brown head. Weird sweet malt and dark fruit aroma -- smells like no Porter Ive ever had. The flavour is pretty unpleasant, its got an artificial sweet crap taste and theres a harshness to it -- ack! This is possibly the worst Porter Ive ever had, I could barely finish half the bottle.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Kevin (2194) - Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2005
black body, just like jesus, or whoever was supposed to be black-lord vader maybe? a white head with just a touch of brown. aroma is cinnamon, white flour, and very faintly candy raspberry. the taste made me cringe. i dont like having a fit when i taste a beer. alcohol, rubbing, not drinking, flavor that dries my mouth. raisin flavor with some prune notes. a white grape finish. i swear i taste blood in this. the blood of something that has been defiled. santa was bad, very bad. seriously, there is a metal taste that is like the taste of blood. not a good brew, an oxidation bomb.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2005
Black with a beige head. Chocolate aromas with some citrus in the background. Malty sweetness, bitter chocolate, roasted flavours as well. Rather dry.Medium body. I would say it is well-made, but unfortunately it does not stand out. Lacks character.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours very dark brown with a ruby tint. Head and lacing are practically non-existant. Aroma is mild and clean with hints of dark fruit and molasses. Flavor is pretty balanced. There is some residual malt sweetness, but Id say the dark fruits are the dominant characteristic. Some hop spiciness in the middle and a bit of black-patent-ish astringency in the finish. Medium-full body and lightly carbonated. Cool label. Average beer. For this "Winter Porter", Id like to see an increase in the chocolate malt bill and perhaps a little less yeast character (ferment a few degrees cooler?) Very smooth and easy to drink, though.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HogTownHarry (6381) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy, from seasonal 4-pack. Poured deep dark clear ruby (almost opaque) with a n average lasting light brown foamy head which left good lacing behind. Aroma is ... odd - lactic candyish chocolate, very minerally, tries to be nutty and malty but comes across as weak, dry and artificial. Taste is very bland, again the creamy chocolate candy, vague roast malt, dry, with a faint cloyingly sweet finish, with harsh fruit coming in as it warms - it grew on me by the bottom of my glass, but it tastes more like a dunkel than a porter. Slightly watery even for a porter, creamy mouthfeel. Not awful but I see no reason to ever have this again. I look forward to trying the other 3 ... mostly

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Murky dark brown. Very bland in taste. Absolutely nothing standing out in this. Maybe some malty/roast in this but not much to even speak of. To watery and to thin.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Not as impressive as lump of coal. Where the stout was simplistic, the porter is more complex. More hoppy but Im not one for hoppy beers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2005
fun label, fun name....i like porters, but this was overly thin and overly roasty. more thick chocolate malt might have rescued this beer, but as it is its rather plain. its got a bit of wintery spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, etc) but still only really worth drinking once.


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